Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Back in March, in an article I called "Katie Couric & the Lamestream Media," I wrote:
When Katie Couric interviewed Governor Palin during the 2008 campaign, America saw a badgering piranha who had a clear agenda. That agenda was not to be fair and balanced and facilitate an interview that would allow the American people to hear from the governor and then make up their minds about her. It was not to present the truth in honest journalistic fashion. Her whole agenda seemed to be to demean, deride, and hound the governor right out of the gate...
Today it all becomes clearer. Video of Katie Couric mocking Governor Palin and her family the day John McCain announced her as his running mate has found its way online. It's no new revelation that the lamestream media looked down its nose at the Governor, and the recent JournoList revelations certainly exposed their fear that she would derail the highway they were building Obama to deliver him to the highest office in the land. However, as Katie Couric's interview with Governor Palin has been praised by the Left as a game-changer in the 2008 campaign, the video certainly puts to rest any notion that Katie was simply exercising fair journalism--as if there could possibly be anyone left among us who still believes that. While not earth-shattering, this video brings an added understanding of what Governor Palin has said about Couric all along: she was condescending, derisive, and downright rude. Now I realize that all Katie was doing during her interview was continuing what she began in this video.
Take a look:
Mind you, it's not the footage alone that speaks volumes; it's the story behind it all. Conservatives4Palin brought this video to the public's attention, so let's start with their take:
It’s not just what was said by Couric in her discussion of Governor Palin, but also the way CBS framed the narrative of Governor Palin’s life in their story. The script covers moose burgers, her kids, her being a former beauty queen and being on the cover of Vogue. Sarah Palin was a sitting governor, and at that time, before the Obama campaign and their allies in the press spent months relentlessly smearing her good name, she had the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country. She was also responsible for getting the largest energy project in North American history underway after several decades of interminable delays in Alaska. She was a courageous corruption-busting whistleblower who turned in the leader of her own party in Alaska for his corrupt practices. She was a fiscal conservative who made the largest veto cuts in Alaska history, reined in the reckless waste, cut her own expenses, sold the governor’s private jet, let the personal chef go, and put away billions of dollars in savings for Alaska for a rainy day. She was a tough CEO who went toe to toe with the Big Oil companies and fought to get the best deal for Alaskans, the resource owners she represented. And she did all of this as a woman from a modest background who was entirely self-made – without the benefit of a rich or influential father or husband.
But what in this impressive biography did CBS News and Couric choose to focus on? Moose burgers and beauty pageants.
By their choice of the framing of the story, it’s evident Couric and CBS had an agenda here: They wanted to diminish Governor Palin because her impressive record of accomplishments towered over the non-existent record of the guy at the top of Democrat ticket.
Read the rest of this C4P article here.
NewsBusters also breaks down Couric's bias:
Want more evidence of an elitist vibe coming from the upper echelons of the mainstream media?
You ought to remember the Sept. 24, 2008 Katie Couric interview of Sarah Palin. It's been celebrated time and time again as a heralded part of American journalism. However, raw footage appearing to be from Aug. 29, 2008 shows that Couric, anchor of the "CBS Evening News," was already predisposed not to have a high regard for the Alaska governor long before that interview. (h/t Conservatives4Palin.com)
Outtakes of CBS's "Evening News" show Couric taking a few petty shots at Palin in her coverage leading up to the 2008 Republican National Convention. This five-minute clip has several highlights, showing Couric favoring "moose burgers and beauty pageants," instead of her professional credentials as mayor of Wasilla, a town Couric has trouble announcing, and her tenure as governor of Alaska.
Highlights include the following:
•Couric mocking Palin's oldest son's name: "Her oldest son, 19-year-old Track-Where the hell do they get these [names]?" [laughter] (1:09)
•"She hunts, fishes and eats moose burgers. Her parents, Sally and Chuck Heath, were out hunting caribou when they got the news. You can't make this up - OK hold on a second. [laughter]" (1:43)
•"I'm saying I'm glad you took out the feminine side because you can be feminine and play basketball, right Jerry?" (1:59)
•Struggles with the pronunciation of the name of the town Wasilla. (4:05)
Great job diverting attention away from Governor Palin's resume', CBS. Way to go! I would ask what they were afraid would happen if they reported her accomplishments, but I already know the answer, so why bother? Read more here.
Gary Jackson, too, recognizes Katie's sinister agenda. He writes:
There’s more history between Sarah and the Perky One, than this bit of childishness. As Sarah pointed out in her book, there are hours upon hours of video tapes from a series of interviews Couric did with Sarah. Instead of airing all of that footage, CBS and Couric selectively edited it to paint Sarah in the worst light possible.CBS has refused to release the full tapes to either Sarah, or the McCain campaign. (or the media at large) Hmmmm. Wonder why?
Let’s also never forget that Perky sat down with longtime Marxist-democrat Sam Nunn, and Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haas, before she interviewed Sarah, and was coached extensively on just the right sort of “gotcha” questions to ask. Nunn was on Obama’s short list for Vice President, and served on his transition team after the election. In other words, Couric sat down with Team Obama and worked out the best strategy on how to question their opponent!
The media in this country is dead. You can’t trust a word they say, especially if it comes from the so-called “mainstream media.” They are all a bunch of proven liars, and little more than stenographers for the Obama regime.
Corrupt as the day is long.
Read Gary's full article here.
America is looking forward to November when we plan to vote out corrupt, over-reaching, apparently deaf politicians who look out for themselves rather than the people who hired them. Somehow we also need a plan to oust members of the mainstream media, like Katie Couric and her compadres, who have taken it upon themselves to use their positions to advance their own agendas, thus robbing Americans of the facts we so desperately need and deserve to have. May that day soon come. In the meantime, in the words of the Editors of Conservatives4Palin, "Once again Sarah Palin has been vindicated."